Dorset, England

Dorset is a county in South East England that faces the English Channel. It covers 2,653 sq km (1,024 sq mi) and has a population of 711,000 (2011 estimate). The county of Dorset is 80 km (50 mi) from east to west and 64 km (40 mi) from north to south at its widest.

The Fox Inn, Ansty, Dorset
Author: Nigel Freeman (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Dorset is bordered by

Hampshire to the east, Wiltshire to the north, Somerset to the northwest, and Devon to the west. It shares with Devon the only natural UNESCO World Heritage Site in England.

Visiting Dorset


Bournemouth International Airport (BOH) is the main airport in Dorset with flights offered by Ryanair and Thomson Airways to a number of destinations in Western Europe. From London, it is probably easier to reach Dorset by train. Services to Dorchester, Poole and Bournemouth from London takes just about two hours.

Morning mist at Bottlebush Down, Dorset
Author: Simon Barnes (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)


Towns in Dorset

  1. Dorchester – county town
  2. Bournemouth – biggest city
  3. Bridport
  4. Lyme Regis
  5. Poole
  6. Shaftesbury
  7. Sherborne
  8. Wareham
  9. Weymouth

Sights in Dorset

  1. Isle of Portland

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Dorset

  1. Dorset and East Devon Coast

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